Sunday, July 12, 2015

I speak at the Bristol Festival of Ideas: Monday July 13

Here's the announcement:

Alvin Roth

Who Gets What - And Why: The Hidden World of Matchmaking and Market Design
Mon 13 July 2015
 In many parts of life – jobs, housing, medical care, education, even a date on the internet – price is not the only determinant of who gets what. So how do the other processes that influence who gets which goods, jobs, university places and partners really work? In Who Gets What, Nobel Prize-winning economist Alvin Roth uncovers the global rules of how markets allocate, how matchmaking shapes lives, where markets exist that we may not even realise, and how everything about our biggest experiences – from getting accepted at university or living where we want – can be better understood and negotiated when one understands the design of those matching markets. The distribution of rewards is often unfair, but it’s seldom as random as it seems. Roth reveals just how much of our life takes place in marketplaces, and leads us to a new understanding of who gets what and why. He sheds new light on the politics of free markets and how many things that we choose in life also must choose us.
This event is part of the build-up to the annual Festival of Economics – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. The Festival of Economics takes place 12-14 November and will be launched in early September.

How to Book/

The event is fully booked and we have started a waiting list (follow booking link to add yourself). There are always empty seats due to no-shows, so you are welcome to come and queue for those on the night. We will admit as many as we can 5 minutes before the start.

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